brought back to Medford
his whole company, except Sergt. Gray
, who was recovering from typhoid fever, and his brother, who stayed behind as nurse and companion.
In the state which was the hot-bed of secession, these Massachusetts
troops did their part to heal old wounds, especially when they stood guard at a Confederate monument, ready to die, if need be, to save it from desecration.
These men enlisted with as pure motives as any soldiers ever had, and although they never reached the seat of war, we honor them for what they were willing to do, and for the battle of disappointment which they fought, as they waited an opportunity to prove their physical courage.
That they did not suffer from disease as much as some other regiments camped even within a mile of them, was due to their obedience to orders regarding sanitation.
's experience in the Civil War
made him especially careful in this respect.
While we pity those who suffered so keenly, we must applaud those who, by keeping a model camp, preserved their health.
Three members of the Light Guard, Messrs. Hall
, and Cushing
, enlisted in Co. A, 6th Regiment, and went to Porto Rico
, where they participated in the battle of Guanica
Sergts. Garrett E. Barry
and Amos D. Haskell
went to the Philippines after their return from Greenville
, and both have been commended for gallant service there.
They are still in United States
service in the islands.
After the Spanish War
, the Light Guard established a temporary armory at No. 9 High street, while the new armory, a memorial to Daniel Lawrence
, was being constructed.
Three years have gone by since the close of the war. New men have taken the places of many of those who enlisted in 1898, and all are working well at their rifle practice, striving to keep up the good record of the company.
With a fine range, and a comfortable clubhouse there, an armory nearly completed, which is